What is Hiram's redeeming quality?

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Re: What is Hiram's redeeming quality?

Post by C-Extra22 » 18 Nov 2018, 04:44

His love for his children.

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Post by Lynsyn » 20 Nov 2018, 09:17

Hiram's redeeming quality was that he cared, especially for his children, albeit in his own twisted way. Right from the start, he wasn't entirely a bad guy in my own perspective, but a man who has unredeemable qualities that outshines his redeeming ones. Arrogant and selfish he may be, especially in the first half of the book, but in the end, he still cared to the people that matter to him the most and you can see it from start to finish.

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Post by cornelia_SD » 20 Nov 2018, 12:14

Towards the end of the story, there were changes in Hiram. He seemed to genuinely care about others. I like his character in the end.

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Post by holsam_87 » 22 Nov 2018, 00:19

His love for his children was the most redeemable quality of him.
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Post by Disneyland » 05 Dec 2018, 17:51

I think that Hiram's quality of a writer writing a book to prove his innocence and worth could be his redeeming quality!

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Post by Theresam » 06 Dec 2018, 17:23

Nerea wrote:
25 Oct 2018, 08:49
His relationship with his son, Billy. Hiram was supportive and encouraged Billy to pursue his goals. He was also a good and caring father.
I agree with you - I thought he was a good father to his children and really went out of his way to encourage them and help them to be successful in their lives

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Post by Ekta Kumari » 08 Dec 2018, 09:43

His love for his children. He was not exactly a perfect parent, but considering the fact that he was oblivious to this fact he did try his best to be supportive of his children.
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Post by Shalu1707 » 10 Dec 2018, 12:20

His behavior towards his children was not of a loving father but he tried in his own ways to help, he did helped sophie to get back in her life after a toxic relationship, Helped Billie and Ann when he could. He was not fully dedicated father but he was not also fully inconsiderate of them.

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Post by Moray_001 » 29 Dec 2018, 13:12

I feel McDowell’s reedeeming quality was his ability to help total strangers. Even when he lost his reputation as a surgeon, he didn’t end his practice.

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Post by Jessacardinal » 05 Jan 2019, 23:25

I am currently half way through this book and I am honestly not sure Hiram has a redeeming quality. I keep hoping he may have one by the end though!
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Post by Hiruni Bhagya 81 » 28 Mar 2019, 00:03

Definitely his love of his children. He may be an absentee father. But we can clearly see that he is caring for his children in his own way.

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Post by Kaylee123 » 30 May 2019, 10:26

My negative opinion of Hiram never changed as I read the book. Even when he appeared to be "nice" I found it fake. I really don't think he has any redeeming qualities.

I was amazed that I could hate him so much and still enjoy the book!

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Post by Choine » 01 Jun 2019, 11:17

The love he had for his kids. I didn't approve of how he talked in front of them but, judging by his actions, he cares for them deeply.

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Post by Kansas City Teacher » 26 Jun 2019, 08:18

I think he finally realized karma was catching up to him, and was forced to face the consequences of his actions. I think in his own way, he really did love his children, but was too self-centered to be a good role model for them.

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Post by Namaste23 » Yesterday, 02:08

At the very end it seemed like he was starting to look into himself. As he started to become more aware of himself, it seemed like there was a chance he might change for the better.

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